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R.U.R.

nytheatre.com q&a preview by Valentina Fratti
January 2, 2013

What is your job on this show?
Director.

What type of theater do you like most to work on?
I enjoy directing all types of theatre...plays and musicals. I am drawn to work that is historical and universal, that informs our lives today and offers hope and enlightenment.

Complete this sentence: My show is the only one opening in NYC this fall that...?
RUR is the only one opening in NYC this fall that.....is based on the 1920 Czech play that introduced the world to the word "robot" and was a grandfather to all science fiction.

Why did you want to write/direct/produce/act in/work on this show?
I think audiences will have a great deal of fun watching sci fi on stage...a rarity when they come to see RUR. Lee Shackelford via Karl Capek asks the question: as we progress with our scientific and technological advances what are we in danger of losing? The scientists and salesman in the play that is set in 2030 are creating and selling robots, in an attempt to simplify life... but this ideal world comes at a steep price.

Which “S” word best describes your show: SMOOTH, SEXY, SMART, SURPRISING?
SURPRISING!

Can theater bring about societal change? Why or why not?
Theatre can absolutley affect social change, as long as artists (in all theatre disciplines) remember to make every moment on stage simultaneously personal and universal, as well as truthful. Only then can an audience see their own lives with objectivity and pathos enabling then to ameliorate themselves and thus the world we live in.